Medical Video: Basic First Aid Tips : How to Treat Burn Blisters
Blisters are not only painful and painful, but can also interfere with appearance if the location is easily seen by the naked eye. So, how to deal with it right? Is there a choice of abrasions that can speed up healing?
Various causes of abrasions on the skin
The skin is the largest organ in the human body. The skin has an important role to protect your body from substances from the surrounding environment, such as germs, bacteria, heat, physical hazards, and others. However, when the skin experiences constant friction, or you fall and the skin is rubbed with asphalt or other hard objects, so that the skin can be scratched, irritated, and eventually become blister.
The severity of abrasions can be different for each person, depending on whether your skin is thick or thin. Blisters can occur on any part of the skin that is experiencing friction, but the area most often subscribed to abrasions is the thighs, armpits, groin, and nipples.
Blisters start from small irritations on the skin and eventually develop into scratches. Scratches will get bigger and deeper, going into the deeper layers of the skin. This layer of skin is formed on living tissue, capillaries, nerve endings, and others. If this layer is damaged, your skin will feel sore.
Common causes of abrasions on the skin are:
- Cycling and running. Both types of exercise can cause blisters in the groin due to friction between moist, sweaty skin and clothing due to repetitive movements.
- Breastfeeding can cause blisters on the nipples.
- Use of diapers.
- Wear clothes that are too tight when the air and weather are hot and humid.
How to treat abrasions
Blisters can get worse and irritate if not treated. So, don't ignore it. Clean the blister area gently with water and dry thoroughly. After the area is cleaned, apply petroleum jelly.
If the area is sore, swollen, crusty, or bleeding, ask your doctor to prescribe ointment. Keep the injured skin untouched and allow time for the skin to heal before reactivating. Continuous friction will only make the condition worse and this can cause infection.
If the blisters do not improve after being treated by yourself, see a doctor. Antibiotic ointment is needed when the blister area becomes infected.
How to treat blisters on the skin?
Avoid activities and types of clothing that can cause friction on your skin.If your skin has blisters, you can do the following:
- Avoid things that can cause blisters to get worse.
- Apply moisturizer.
- Apply topical corticosteroids if prescribed by a doctor.
When your skin is healing, you should:
- Do not use iodine or hydrogen peroxide as abrasions to clean the skin. Use water and soap only
- Don't take a shower using too hot water and soap that contains lots of chemicals.
- Do not dry the skin by rubbing the towel.
- Compress the skin with ice water to reduce pain.